Burstall Pass Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews

Burstall Pass Trail is a 16.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kovach, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.4 km
667 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash





nature trips

trail running






wild flowers





3 days ago

Absolutely stunning valley. I did this hike with my dad in October 2017 and it was beautiful with yellow larches scattering the surrounding mountains. Highly recommended for anyone who loves the mountains but doesn't love heights.

8 days ago

This is what I would call the perfect classic hike. It offers a bit of everything from a few lakes in the beginning to a creek with waterfalls, interesting varying terrain, a bit of minor route finding as you cross the flood plains/marsh land (there is poles with markers but hard to see - cross this area diagonally heading left - and some water shoes or sandals would be helpful some of the creeks are a little wide but very easy to cross) it also offers some challenging spots and plenty of flat beautiful meadows to rest up before the next push with insane views of fairly aggressive peaks at the top, and they’re so close, lastly even a glacier to view at the top. Do this hike. It took us 5.5 hours with lunch and breaks and picture stops. If you use the AllTrails map it will take you about a kilometre past your destination point. You know when you are at the top - stop there, if you continue on past the sign that says your entering Banff Park as the map says to do, it takes you to a little ridge that is nowhere near as spectacular as the views you just passed.. This trail continues on to Leman Lake in Banff if you want to extend. We ended up following the map and added some time and km to our day that was unnecessary. Our day was 18.1 km with 541 elevation gain. I’d rate this trail moderate for a hiker with some practice and of normal fitness and moderate difficult for someone new or less fit but everyone can do it and should. Just take your time. Its very worth it. Join us on Facebook at Hike Alberta to see pics and get info on all Alberta Hikes, and hike.alberta on instagram

8 days ago

Really great hike. The views are insane!! One of my best hikes ever!

14 days ago

Hiked this in the fall four years ago. Beautiful and quiet at that time of year.

15 days ago

Great hike with good views up in the past. The first few kms are fairly boring as you walk along the old road. As you ascend out of the forest you get great views of surrounding mountain ranges. We carried on over the pass to get a view of leman lake on the other side. You descend very quickly and it is a steep climb coming back up. The bugs were horrible, bring spray!! Busy hike so recommend starting early. It’s still fairly wet in the meadow but you are able to get through without getting your feet wet with some strategic jumps and route taking.

16 days ago

an easy hike and good view at the pass

23 days ago

Beautiful hike would do it again. Amazing views once out of the trees. Bug spray is a must!

29 days ago

Solid hike with beautiful views at the top of Mount Assiniboine and Kananaskis. Took us 5 hours with a solid lunch break at the top. Trail was well marked and easy to follow. Didn’t need poles or flip flops at all, but bug spray was super necessary.

30 days ago

One of my favourite hikes. Not at all difficult and BEAUTIFUL views!

1 month ago

Excellent views ... follow the hiking trail signs, NOT the fire road ... bring water shoes & bug spray (I’ve never seen bugs like this in AB) ... views are incredible & worth it at the top!

1 month ago

Pretty good hike. Beautiful view at the top.

1 month ago

Awesome hike! Can’t wait to do it again

1 month ago

Great hike! don't forget bug spray. Good idea to bring flip flops to get through the flood plains. Today the trail wasn't too muddy but still snow to hike through toward the top. Beautiful views!

2 months ago

I absolutely love this hike. The views are breath-taking!

2 months ago

An absolutely gorgeous day for a gorgeous hike. The trail was a little muddy & snowy in spots, but the hike up to the meadow was absolutely amazing! Lots of creek hopping! Unfortunately couldn’t go the last 3 km further due to the snow, but will definitely be back to try it again late summer/early Fall as recommended by other reviewers

2 months ago

Heavy snow on the trail now. Lots of sinking. Very few dry spots. Still a glorious view at the lake. WIll be back later in summer to see the rest.

8 months ago

Sep 20 // great variety of trail, beautiful larch trees in autumn. Wish it wasn't a snowy and low visibility day, even the slight views we had were beautiful. Will be back to scramble Snow Peak!

9 months ago

Amazing views!

10 months ago

Muddy trail, off and on sleet. The first few kilometres of the trail are rather boring but the side trail to the lake breaks it up and is beautiful.

10 months ago

Some snow. Not too heavy. Stunning views right now.

10 months ago

Absolutely stunning right now. Great hike.

10 months ago

We left early in the morning and found the hike quite enjoyable. Three sections of up hill climbs, but worth the views at the top!!! Would definitely do this hike again, but would continue on into Banff National park and camp at US18.

10 months ago

Great hike! I would definitely recommend bringing your bike for the first few kilometres as it is a long gravel road. When you get to the single track it is stunning, beautiful walk through the valley and nice views from the pass. Definitely go sept/oct when the larches are changing.

11 months ago

For a guy who has grown up in the mountains it really is quite a boring hike with little elevation gain and a so/so view. Super easy and I don't know why it's rated on this app as moderate. Worth a hike for people from the city wanting a decent challenge. Definitely advise that you ride you bike to the point that your not allowed to bike anymore.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Pretty trail. Flowers and valley views top notch. Go a bit further to see Leman lake and have lunch overlooking the panorama below.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Awesome day...would give it a 5 star but that is reserved for Tent Ridge...Helen Lake...fun adventure trying to make our way through the marshland

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Beautiful hike, medium level, 3 stages of climbing hill for the Top.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

gorgeous views

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hiking trail doubles as a biking trail for the first while, so its nice and wide. You'll get your feet wet trekking across the first valley, very refreshing on the way back down. Bring some flip flops! First climb opens to another valley with great views. Last ascent is tougher than the first with little tree coverage. Overall a great trail!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Fun hike, lots of variety. Terrain was not super challenging but not too easy either. There was no snow blocking the trail on the final ascent to the top and the view up there was awesome.

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